Home Studio with Oasa DuVerney
How have you been?
I’ve been terrible, the world is a dumpster fire and all of these horrible social conditions have terrible effects on personal levels. On the upside being laid off from my museum education jobs has allowed a foot injury to heal, I'm not 100% yet but getting there. It's funny how capitalism can literally grind you to dust and it takes something powerful enough (an economic shutdown) to destroy it-- to heal you.
What are you working on?
Well, suddenly being out of work after having three jobs plus art making was a bit of a shock to the system. I naturally need a lot of downtime, time to day dream, be with my thoughts and process everything happening around me, which is something I hadn't been able to do for a few years until covid 19. So the first few months I sat with myself, took long walks, ate a lot of delicious food and took warm baths in between crying, complaining, worrying about my kids both of whom I wasn't able to be with for NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS reasons. Then a few projects that were put on hold restarted and I decided I was only going to do things that I wanted to do; which is make cool drawings and jewelry while collecting unemployment. I'm definitely worried about what will happen when the unemployment runs out and there are still no museum programs, or people buying my artwork, so I'm working on worrying less.
All images courtesy of Oasa DuVerney.
Interview conducted by Klaudia Ofwona Draber.
Oasa DuVerney, in progress drawing, ink graphite, 2020.
Oasa DuVerney, large scale drawing in progress, graphite, 2020.
Oasa DuVerney, in progress jewelry, 2020.